Doin’ some deep thinking….about this creative business and life
going back to how it began, where it has been, the journey I have taken and where it is going…moving forward…..it all just happened so ‘all of a sudden’ and ‘bam’ eight years have gone by since Classic Amy Joanne was born…..did I blink? Did I ever really think any of this thru?
It kinda grew into something wonderful all on its own, ok~with a lotta hard work, but without stopping to think about it…..
What am I working so hard towards…if I have everything I want right in front of me?What if I am happy with what I have and nothing ever happens but this? ~ is it failure or success?
Yes, I know….deep thinking.
Am I just plain thinking to hard about everything?
What I know is …….I need to start with balance. These years of ‘building the biz’ finds me scurrying from one workshop, one pattern, one book, one show, one seminar to another and saying YES to everything…..and it simply finds me ~ grasping for free moments.
...told you this was deep.
In the real world and in the creative world ~ we are dealing with stores and shops closing, suppliers are fewer, magazines are not being published, Art Shows are in their last few years, chain stores do not carry books or goods, chapters are dissolving, and facebook is playing ‘its game’ to make it harder to connect……so what do we do, where do we go……what do I do with my biz, how do I change with it?…and for heaven sakes how do we stay connected?
What are your thoughts on this my creative friends?
So here are some things I do know…..
I am in it because I love it…..to share Art. period.
It all began with a desire to learn Art after seeing creative paintings at a craft show 30 years ago. The journey has been more than amazing.
Truth be told…..I don’t really want to be recognized everywhere I go….I like a simpler life. You, know in case I run the risk of gaining popularity like Joanna Gaines.
Not really needing to be a millionaire…..I wouldn’t know what to do with ‘to much money’…and it certainly didn’t help Martha Stewart….you know, in case I run the risk of becoming like Martha.
I would like to spend more time with my hubby, my family and my niece….how will this happen unless I make it happen? Ya know….saying yes to everything cause I don’t want to miss an opportunity….but I am missing out on a lot of important stuff.
So….all of this being said, in scattered random thoughts and words. This is the year I will make decisions and think things thru. I will place my notebook in my hand and head out on a walking journey to think and listen to GOD and jot down what my life and my business will look like, the dreams I have and how the heck I am gonna fit it all in…..
…and possibly will share my thoughts and ideas along the way…and maybe a notebook page or two…..
What I know for sure is….I am a Creator, a Teacher and a Blogger….sharing Paint, Colored Pencil, my very own Chalk Art, Painted Furniture, Home Style and Photography…and a little bit of life too…… it’s my thing. You will need to drag me out kicking and screaming to stop……
I am letting go of a few ideas and starting with a few new ones….so stay tuned in.
Do you ever put on the brakes and just say ‘Self, we need to think about things?’
……be careful, if you want to give GOD a good laugh, tell him your plans. He has laughed and laughed and laughed at mine….and the outcome has always been more than I could have dreamed.
I mean really….I could not have dreamed up a better life.
So while I step back to more forward, I hope you will enjoy the ride….my dreams are big and endless….creatively speaking!
And if I haven’t stopped to Thank You..…..I Thank you for every comment, every pattern or book purchase, every Club membership, every class you have taken, every painting you have shared and for all the friendships I made. I do what I do because I love sharing and being a part of this creative world. I love our friendships made with a paintbrush in hand……
Let’s get moving …..we’ve got deep thinking and a journey to take with a notebook and paintbrush in hand…..
Some pic’s are for an upcoming Milk Paint Workshop on June 23rd in Tamaqua PA at the Art Center….love our Art Center! (see workshop page for details)
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